Police remove explosives from suspect’s vehicle in Geneseo

A pipe bomb, smokeless powder, and cannon fuses were removed from the truck
Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 2:03 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2020 at 7:55 PM CDT
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GENESEO, Ill. (KWQC) - The Quad Cities Bomb Squad on Wednesday removed explosive materials from a vehicle that belonged to Jeffery Blunk, the man killed in an officer-involved shooting after police say he fired on deputies and fled a traffic stop Tuesday.

Residents were asked to avoid an area in Geneseo after a “potential incendiary device” was found in a truck from Tuesday’s incident.

Police say the department and City Hall buildings, as well as nearby homes, were evacuated.

According to a press release, the truck was towed to the Geneseo Police Department garage on Tuesday. Wednesday, officials say, Illinois State Police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and a crime scene investigator looking through the truck located a an explosive device.

Police say that around 2 p.m. nearby homes and building were evacuated and the Quad Cities Bomb Squad was deployed. According to a press release, the squad recovered one pipe bomb, an amount of smokeless powder, and cannon fuses to transport to be destroyed.

The incident continues to be investigated by the Illinois State Police.

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